Category Archives: Fraud/Forgery/Scam/Impersonation/Identity theft

Toronto lawyer Meerai Cho arrested in condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

Toronto lawyer arrested in alleged condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

KAT SIENIUC

The Globe and Mail

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A Toronto lawyer was arrested Tuesday after at least 25 people came forward alleging they paid deposits for a condo in north Toronto, only to learn later that the land had been sold, the developer had fled and their money was gone.

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

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At a time when construction is booming in Toronto, the alleged fraud calls into question whether strong enough safeguards exist for condo buyers in the city. While real estate lawyers and authorities say a crime of this nature is rare, others say the new-sale market needs more oversight.

“This wasn’t something that somebody met them [victims] down the back alley. This was a condo development, they were dealing with a lawyer at this time, and the purpose of the trust account is to hold the monies in trust, they are not supposed to be moved,” Det. Constable Devereaux said.

The victims’ losses vary from $40,000 to $700,000 in deposits, according to police. Continue reading

TORONTO: Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma lost money in condo development deal

Police investigating after condo deal falls apart

Toronto police confirm they are investigating a number of complaints from prospective buyers in the condo development who say they have lost money.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart.  Toronto police are investigating.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart. Toronto police are investigating.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Aug 22 2014

When a group of retail and condo buyers purchased units in an up-and-coming Yonge and Finch building also featuring a hotel, they envisioned packing up their current homes and moving into new ones where they would raise families, grow old and make memories together.

Instead, they say they’ve been subjected to almost nine months of anguish as they fret over what happened to the condos they were expecting and the millions they collectively spent on units at 5220 Yonge St. Continue reading

Toronto resident arrested as part of StubHub fraud ring run by Russians

Toronto resident arrested as part of StubHub fraud ring

TU THANH HA The Globe and Mail

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A suspected money-launderer in Toronto is among at least 10 people who have been arrested in an international crackdown on a cyberfraud ring alleged to have compromised 1,600 accounts of the online ticket seller StubHub.

New York County authorities announced on Wednesday they had indicted six men, including Vadim Polyakov, a 30-year-old Russian citizen who is portrayed as the man who directed the operation and who was arrested while he was travelling in Spain. Continue reading

CBSA busted network exporting stolen vehicles to Africa and Lebanon

Posted on 7/17/2014 1:53:00 PM by Tina Tenneriello

Four suspects were arrested Thursday morning and there are warrants for the arrests of three more,  after the RCMP and Canadian Custom Officers (CBSA) busted a network exporting stolen vehicles in containers through the Port of Montreal to Africa.

The investigation started a year ago when three luxury SUVs were found hidden behind mattresses in containers.

CBSA superintendent Jean-François Rainville says 90 percent of the time that’s how thieves hide the vehicles.

“As of January 1, we tracked 173 stolen vehicles and last year it was 415, so there’s a lot of stolen cars that leave the Port of Montreal,” Rainville said; adding that the vehicles are often headed to Africa and Lebanon.

“Most are SUVs and Toyota is the most common brand.” Continue reading

TORONTO: Former CIC employee Aline Zeitoune allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports

Former Immigration Canada employee charged in passport fraud

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 18, 2014 3:33PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 18, 2014 3:36PM EDT

TORONTO — The Mounties say they have charged a former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee with breach of trust after she allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports.

They say Aline Zeitoune, 50, of Toronto also faces 96 additional charges.

Zeitoune worked in the CIC’s passport division.

The RCMP say the probe began in March 2013, when the force was contacted by investigators with the CIC’s passport program who suspected one of their employees of processing fraudulent applications.

Zeitoune was arrested Thursday and was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Four of the 22 people who allegedly obtained Canadian passports fraudulently have also been charged with passport offences.

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Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/former-immigration-canada-employee-charged-in-passport-fraud-1.1920766#ixzz37rDlzjJB Continue reading

TORONTO: Rosanna Lim, CEO of Platinum Care, Leahnette Acuna, Shannon Lim, Normita Mandoza and Fazeina Sarlat charged with immigration fraud

53 people came to Canada in identity theft fraud, RCMP say

CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2014 3:44 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014 7:39 PM ET

Five people in the Toronto area have been arrested for an alleged scam in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Continue reading

Consumer Protection BC suspends travel licence for Global Pacific Travel

Recent Enforcement Actions
Case 28893
Respondent Charan, Veenita – Nand, Joseph Kishori
Trade Names Global Pacific Travel
Publish Date 2014-06-27
Alleged Violation Travel Industry Regulation: 11(1)(2) Maintaining Records of Account
Attached PDFs: 28893_20140625_Suspension Order.pdf

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CALGARY: Albert Onolunose and Abeba Girma charged in Nigerian scam

 

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Calgary boxer and woman charged in lottery scam

Suspects arrested after jumping from 2nd-floor balcony

CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2014 9:59 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 11, 2014 8:34 PM MT

Calgary boxer Albert Onolunose is one of two people charged in connection with an alleged lottery scam.

Onolunose, 34, andAbeba Girma, 25, were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a residence on Glamis Drive S.W.

Onolunose won the Canadian middleweight championship on the professional boxing circuit in May of last year in Calgary.

Police say while officers were searching the premises, the two suspects tried to flee by jumping from a second-floor balcony. They were caught after a short foot chase.

Investigators believe the two were involved in a lottery scam in which victims received letters in the mail stating they had won a lottery.

“Prior to receiving the money they were asked to send percentages of that money, so varying percentages of that money based on taxes calculated and administrative fees, said Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul.

Police found credit card information, mail with counterfeit postage and mailing lists inside the Calgary residence.

According to police, Canada Post located more than 5,000 letters with the same counterfeit postage which were addressed to people across Canada and the United States.

Onolunose is charged with five counts of possession of credit card data, one count of fraud over $5,000, using mail to defraud and counterfeiting stamps.

Abeba Girma is charged with one count of identity theft.

They will appear in court later this month.

In 2010 Onolunose was charged with numerous fraud and money-laundering offences, also in connection with a fake lotto scam.

 

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EDMONTON: Alvin Jackson Goh accused of 208 incidents of theft with a combined value of over $750,000

Alvin Jackson Goh, 37, is accused of 208 incidents of theft from his employer, with a combined value of more than $750,000 over a four-year period.

Edmonton food fraudster admits to stealing $735,000 from a Rexall Place food service provider to pay for lavish lifestyle

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An Edmonton man admitted Friday to stealing nearly $735,000 from a company that provides food services to Rexall Place and spending it on a “lavish lifestyle.”

Court heard that lifestyle included extensive travel, entertainment and jewelry for Alvin Goh and his wife and a wedding ceremony in New York’s Central Park that was followed by a reception along the Hudson River on a chartered yacht and a party at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. Continue reading